CITY OF LAREDO
                               CITY COUNCIL MEETING
                                   M2000-R-010
                               CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                                1110 HOUSTON STREET
                                LAREDO, TEXAS 78040
                                   APRIL 17, 2000
                                      5:30 P.M.


    I.  CALL TO ORDER
        With a quorum present Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores called the meeting to order.

   II.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
        Mayor Elizabeth G.  Flores led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

  III.  ROLL CALL

        In Attendance:
        Elizabeth G. Flores,                      Mayor
        Alfredo Agredano,                         Councilmember, District I
        Louis H.  Bruni,                          Councilmember, District II
        John C.  Galo,                            Councilmember, District III
        Cecilia May Moreno,                       Councilmember, District IV
        Eliseo Valdez, Jr.,                       Councilmember, District V
        Joe A.  Guerra,                           Councilmember, District VI
        Mario G.  Alvarado,                       Councilmember, District VII
        Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo                 Mayor Pro Tempore District VIII
        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                     City Secretary
        Cynthia Collazo,                          Acting City Manager
        Larry Dovalina,                           Acting City Manager
        Jaime Flores,                             City Attorney

   IV.  MINUTES

        Approval of the minutes of March 20, 2000 and April 3, 2000.

	Moved:  Cm.  Agredano
	Second:  Cm.  Moreno	
	For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

	Not present:  Cm.  Galo and Cm.  Alvarado

    V.  COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

        Announcements

        a.  Presentation by Council Member Louis H. Bruni, Director of the South 
            Texas Rain Enhancement Association, on an up-to-date progress report.

            Cm.  Bruni deferred the item until the April 24, 2000 meeting.  
 	
        Invitations

        Recognitions

            Cm.  Alvarado joined the meeting at 6:00 p.m.

        a.  Deputy Police Chief Fructuoso San Miguel III, recently returned from the 
            Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy as he graduated from 
            the 200th Session on March 24, 2000.

            Mayor Flores recognized Deputy Police Chief Fructuoso San Miguel, III who 
            excelled in many diverse endeavors.  She proudly presented him with a FBI 
            National Academy Certificate of Acknowledgement for his unyielding 
            knowledge, courage and integrity.  

            Police Chief Agustin Dovalina read the following statements:

     Laredo Police Department Chief Agustin Dovalina III, is proud to announce that 
     Deputy Police Chief Fructuoso San Miguel III, recently graduated from the very 
     prestigious Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.  Deputy Chief San 
     Miguel, a seventeen year veteran Laredo police officer, was among 268 law 
     enforcement officers who attended the 200th Session of the National Academy held 
     in Quanico, Virginia, from January 2000 until March 24, 2000.  The session 
     consisted of men and women from 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico,
     the U. S. Virgin Islands, 22 international countries, three military organizations, 
     and three Federal civilian organizations.

     Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, 
     held at the FBI Academy, offers 11 weeks of advanced investigative, management, 
     and fitness training for selected officers having a proven record as a 
     professional within his or her agency.   This training has long been a benchmark 
     for professional, continuing education and officers worldwide attend these 
     sessions in order to be better prepared to meet the crime challenges within 
     their communities.  The sessions are highly competitive and there is an extensive 
     waiting list.  On the average, selected officers have 18 years of law enforcement
     experience, and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive level 
	 positions.

     U. S.  Attorney General Janet Reno, Former DEA  Administrator Thomas Constantine,
     and FBI Director Loius J.  Freeh were the principal speakers at the ceremony.  
     Training for the program is provided by FBI Academy instructional staff, Special 
     Agents, and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are 
     recognized internationally in their field of expertise.  

     Since 1972, National Academy graduates have been able to earn undergraduate and 
     graduate credits from the University of Virginia due to the accreditation by the 
     university of many courses offered.

     According to Chief Dovalina, Deputy Chief San Miguel "is one of Laredo Police 
     Departments' most respected leaders."  He added that the police department "is 
     extremely proud of Chief San Miguel's accomplishment."  He is only the third 
     officer from the Laredo Police Department selected to attend the National Academy.  
     Chief Dovalina was the first Laredo Police Department officer ever selected to 
     attend (178th N. A. Session in 1994) and LPD Lt.  Gilbert Navarro attended the 
     192nd N. A. Session in 1997. 

     End of letter

        b.  Sgt. Jose Jalomo, Jr., a 22-year veteran of the Laredo Police Department, 
            was accepted to attend in Quantico, Virginia, the 201st Federal Bureau of 
            Investigation's National Academy Session.

     Chief Dovalina confirmed that Sgt. Jose Jalomo was accepted to the 201st Federal 
     Bureau of Investigation's Academy Session.  

        c.  The Nonprofit Management and Volunteer Center's Volunteers in Action 
            Program awarded Saul G. Campillo the 1999 Volunteer of the Year Award for 
            contributing over 1,328 hours of labor to the library, and receiving the 
            award for the second year in a row.

     Jose "Chito" Vela, Non-Profit Organizer, stated the 1999 Volunteer of the Year 
     Award recipient is Saul G.  Campillo.  As a distinguished volunteer,  Mr. 
     Campillo has achieved the title of outstanding volunteer for two consecutive 
     years. 

     Larry Dovalina, Acting City Manager, stated that Jose "Chito"  Vela was the 
     active motivating force that doubled the amount of volunteers representing a 
     cost savings to the city of $250,000. 
 
        d.  Recognition to the Laredo Restaurant Association on their participation 
            for the World Trade Bridge Open House on April 9, 2000.

     Rosaurio Cabello, Finance Director, expressed her thanks, appreciation and 
     gratitude to the Laredo Restaurant Association for their participation and 
     sponsorship at the World Trade Bridge Open House.  

        e.  Recognition for the work done on the World Trade Bridge Globe by James 
            Humphries, Ashley Humphries & Sanchez - Architects, and commissioned to 
            Armando Flores, Artist / Professional Welder.

     Mayor Flores stated that she was impressed with the magnificent globe that 
     demonstrates the International Trade aspects of the World Trade Bridge.  She 
     recognized Armando Flores, Artist/Professional Welder, for his outstanding 
     effort in creating the sculpture.  She presented Mr.  Flores a special framed 
     and signed poster of the World Trade Bridge. 

        f.   In recognition of the countless hours of hard work and effort by the 
             individuals involved in an endeavor that will be remembered as the 
             catalyst to the new millennium, the Mayor and City Council dedicate the 
             World Trade Bridge Global Monument to these individuals who made this 
             project possible.

    Motion to dedicate the World Trade Bridge Global Monument to individuals who made 
    the project possible and to all the men and women who are going to make the World 
    Trade Bridge a success. 

    Moved:  Cm.  Agredano
    Second:  Cm.  Joe Guerra
    For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
  
    Cm.  Galo was not present.

        Communiqués
	
        Students from the Eagle Charter School invited the Mayor, the Council and the 
        public to attend "A Taste of Broadway in Laredo" to be held on May 19, 2000 
        at the Laredo Civic Center. 

        AFJROTC presented Mayor Flores with a token.   The three cadets will be 
        representing Laredo in Florida at the National Competition as "The Streets of 
        Laredo" team. 

        Mayor Flores read the following letter from Granite Construction:

        Dear Councilman Mario Alvarado:

        I just wanted to say thank you for the work and effort for the Laredo Fire 
        Department Chief Tomas Ramirez and his staff have done in review and 
        acknowledging our unusual situation in the Camino Columbia Plat.  Our company 
        has projects under constructions around the country and we consider ourselves 
        very fortunate when we find a public official such as Chief Ramirez who is 
        willing to approach a problem with both fairness and common sense. We hope to 
        continue to gain the confidence of the City Staff as we strive to show that 
        we will do the right thing and provide a safe and exceptional development at 
        truck-transfer platform. 

        Sincerely,
        Jeffery Badickt
        Project Manager

        End of Letter

   VI.  APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

	    None

  VII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

        1.  Public hearing to amend Ordinance No. 97-O-334 by transferring three 
            grant funded positions originally funded by the United States 
            Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 319(h) grant to the NPDES Fund in 
            order to continue the Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program and to enforce 
            the other environmental ordinances and authorizing the City Manager to 
            implement changes within the 1999-2000 budget.

                                 INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
        Amending Ordinance No. 97-O-334 by transferring three grant funded positions 
        originally funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 
        319(h) grant to the NPDES Fund in order to continue the Illegal Dumping 
        Enforcement Program and to enforce the other environmental ordinance and 
        authorizing the City Manager to implement within the 1999-2000 Budget.

     Motion to open the public hearing.

     Moved:  Cm.  Guerra
     Second:  Cm.  Moreno
     For: 7	Against: 0	Abstain: 0

     There was no public input.

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

     Cm.  Galo joined the meeting at this time, 6:14 p.m.

     Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
     Second:  Cm.  Alvarado
     For: 8	Against: 0	Abstain:  0

     Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

        2.  Public hearing to amend the contract with the Texas Department of Health 
            and Budget in the amount of $2,497.00 for the Special Project Program, 
            "Community-based Tobacco Prevention Project" of the City of Laredo Health 
            Department for the period beginning May 1, 2000, through June 5, 2000; 
            and increasing revenue line item no. 226-0000-357-2566 from $0 to 
            $2,497.00, and increasing expenditure line item no. 226-6400 from $0 to 
            $2,497.00.

                             INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
        Ordinance amending the contract with the Texas Department of Health and Budget 
        in the amount of $2,497.00 for the Special Project "Community-Based Tobacco 
        Prevention Project" of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period 
        beginning May 1, 2000, through June 5, 2000; and increasing revenue line item 
        no. 226-0000-357-2566 from $0 to $2,497.00, and increasing expenditure line 
        item no. 226-6400 from $0 to $2,497.00.
	
     Motion to open the public hearing.

     Moved:  Cm.  Alvarado
     Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
     For: 8	Against: 0	Abstain:  0

     There was no public input.
 
     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

     Moved:  Cm.  Alvarado
     Second:  Cm.  Galo
     For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

     Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Alvarado

 VIII.  GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

        3.  A.  Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

                1.  Report on the April meeting of the Fannie Mae Impact Housing 
                    Council.

                    Mayor Flores stated that she had submitted two reports to the 
                    Council.  One report was on Fannie Mae's trillion-dollar 
                    commitment and how that affected Laredo.  She also submitted a 
                    report on Houses, Facts and Findings.  She explained that prior 
                    to 1994, Fannie Mae had not invested any funds in the City of 
                    Laredo.  However, the community has been strengthened by 186.8 
                    million dollars between the years of 1994 to 2000 with 
                    encouragement from the Council, several local banks, housing 
                    advocates, Community Development Department and lending 
                    institutions.

                    She also devoted considerable discussion on future Fannie Mae 
                    Projects and Predatory Lending.    

                    She expressed the council's desire and commitment to put more 
                    families in homes. 
  
            B. Request by Council Member Louis H.  Bruni

               1. Status report on the POP's Program for Eastwood Subdivision. 

                  Chief Agustin Dovalina stated that a series of policing operations 
                  were in effect to deter any criminal activities.  A number of 
                  citations have been issued.  
       
            C.  Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

                1.  Status report on the initiatives by Parks & Recreations and Crime 
                    Stoppers on the vandalism of city parks.

                    The Council heard a progress report from John Vidaurri, Parks and 
                    Recreation Director.  He stated that the City of Laredo has 
                    increased the parkland by 300 acres in the last two years.  He 
                    added that efforts are now underway to create a report for the 
                    council prioritizing the problems and providing suggested 
                    solutions.    

                    Tony Reyes, Crime Stoppers Coordinator, informed the Council that 
                    his department is working very diligently in assisting the City 
                    in their fight against vandalism in city parks.  A video was 
                    presented. 
     
            D.  Request by Council Member Mario G. Alvarado

                1.  Discussion on re-routing commercial traffic and regular vehicular 
                    traffic through the Mines Road area in response of the new bridge 
                    opening, with possible action.

		            Cm.  Alvarado expressed his concern about the dreadful traffic 
                    situation on Mines Road.   

                    Roberto Murillo, Traffic Engineer, stated that his department is 
                    prioritizing the problems on Mines Road in order to alleviate 
                    problematic traffic flow. 

                    Carlos Rodriguez, Laredo Area Engineer for TxDot, reported that 
                    the department is committed in creating a functional free flow 
                    for motorist on Mines Road.  He added that the department would 
                    expedite solutions to eliminate all problem areas.     

                    Mayor Flores stated that the City Council is gravely concerned 
                    about the traffic situation on Mines Road and assured citizens 
                    that it is a priority to correct all traffic problems.
		     
                2.  Update from staff on traffic signal for Muller Elementary School 
                    at La Bota entrance, with possible action.

                    Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported the traffic signal 
                    for Muller Elementary School is expected to be fully functional 
                    in August.

                3.  Update on the cleaning of the creek between Bristol Rd. and 
                    Flecha Lane, with possible action.  

                    Joe Guerra, Public Works, remarked that the project would be 
                    completed this week.

                4.  Presentation by local concrete providers to discuss designated 
                    route for concrete delivery, with possible action.

     Motion to table.

     Moved:  Cm.  Alvarado
     Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
     For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0


(Recess)
(Press Availability)


   IX.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

        4.  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Aerocarga 
            International, Inc., for approximately 2,040 square feet constituting 
            Building #1328 located at 4015 North Jarvis Avenue at the Laredo 
            International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on 
            April 1, 2000 and ending March 31, 2001 and may be extended for two-one 
            year options ending on March 31, 2002 and March 31, 2003.  Monthly rental 
            shall be $315.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in 
            the Consumer Price Index.

        Ordinance introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

        5.  Ordinance Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease between the City
            of Laredo, as Lessor, and Jett Racing & Sales, as Lessee, for a tract of 
            land containing approximately 3.01 acres located on Block No. 1, Lot No. 
            3 as Recorded in Volume 5, Page1, Plat Records of Webb County, Texas, said
            property is located at the Laredo International Airport and is further 
            described by metes and bounds description in the lease agreement.  Lease 
            term is for twenty (20) years commencing on April 1, 2000 and ending on 
            March 31, 2020 plus two consecutive ten-year renewal option periods until 
            March 31, 2040.  Monthly rent shall be $1,966.75 plus annual rent 
            adjustment based on changes in the Consumer Price Index and the rental 
            obligation shall be further adjusted based on Fair Market appraisal at 
            each ten (10) year anniversary. 

        Ordinance introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

    X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES  

	    Internet Available:  //www.cityoflaredo.com

     Motion to waive final reading of ordinances # 2000-O-088, # 2000-O-089, 
     # 2000-0-090, ;# 2000-O-091, # 2000-O-092, # 2000-O-093, # 2000-O-094, 
     # 2000-O-095, # 2000-O-096, # 2000-O-097, # 2000-O-098, # 2000-O-099, 
     # 2000-O-100 and 2000-O-101.

     Moved:  Cm.  Guerra
     Second:  Cm.  Galo
     For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

     6.  2000-O-088  Approval of a contract with the U.S. Department of Commerce, 
                     U.S. Census 2000, for in-kind funding in the amount not to 
                     exceed $2,500.00 for the City of Laredo Health Department, 
                     Public Health Promotion Division, for the period beginning 
                     February 22, 2000, through June 30, 2000.  (City Council)

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-088.

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
     Second:  Cm.  Agredano
     For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

         2000-O-089  Approval of an amendment to the contract with the Texas 
                     Department of Health for the purpose of upgrading a .5 Full Time 
                     Equivalent (FTE) Caseworker position to a 1.0 Caseworker position
                     for the HIV Ryan White Title II Project of the City of Laredo 
                     Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2000, through
                     March 31, 2001.  (City Council)

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-089.

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
     Second:  Cm.  Agredano
     For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0


         2000-O-090  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by 
                     rezoning 31.803 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, 
                     located north of Hwy. 359 and east of Loop 20, from R-1 (Single 
                     Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); 
                     providing for publication and effective date.  (As amended)   
                     (Cm. Louis H. Bruni) 

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-090.

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
     Second:  Cm.  Agredano
     For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

         2000-O-091  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by 
                     rezoning 5.352 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, 
                     located north of Hwy. 359 and east of Loop 20, from R-1 (Single 
                     Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing 
                     District); providing for publication and effective date.   
                     (Cm. Joe A. Guerra)
		
     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-091.

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
     Second:  Cm.  Agredano
     For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

         2000-O-092  Accepting donations for the City Cemetery Irrigation Project 
                     totaling $3,384.01 from Elks Lodge, Episcopal, Mexican Masonic, 
                     and Woodman Of The World Organization and amending the City of 
                     Laredo Annual Budget for 1999-2000 by appropriating donations to 
                     increase the Revenue & Expenses for the Cemetery Improvement 
                     Project under the Capital Improvement Fund in the same amount.  
                     (City Council)

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-092.

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
     Second:  Cm.  Agredano
     For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

         2000-O-093  Rescinding Ordinance No. 98-O-0268 and the existing Operations   
                     Agreement dated October 17, 1998 and authorizing the City 
                     Manager to execute a contract by and on behalf of  the City of 
                     Laredo as Zone Grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94 for the 
                     operation of Zone Site #3 within said Foreign Trade Zone, and 
                     specifically authorizing the City Manager to enter into an 
                     Operation Agreement  with Seegrove International Shippers, Inc., 
                     a Texas Corporation to operate an approximately 96,676.5 square 
                     foot facility within Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94-Site 3 located at 
                     the Killam Industrial Park for a term of nine (9) years. 
                     (City Council)
 
     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-093.

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
     Second:  Cm.  Agredano
     For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

         2000-O-094  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Webb County 
                     Head Start for approximately 380 square feet constituting Suite 
                     No.9 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road.  This 
                     space is occupied by Laredo Webb County Community Head Start 
                     Program.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on March 1, 
                     2000 and ending on February 28, 2001, and may be extended for 
                     one (1) year ending on February 29, 2002.  New monthly rent 
                     shall be $450.00.  Currently monthly rent is $429.45.  (City 
                     Council)

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-094.

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
     Second:  Cm.  Agredano
     For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

         2000-O-095  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease amendment to the 
                     lease agreement authorized by Ordinance No. 99-0-200 dated July 
                     19, 1999, between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Jose Mario 
                     Flores, as Lessee, for Building No. 2075 located at 1720 E. 
                     Hillside Road at the Laredo International Airport, to amend 
                     Section 1.04 (B), entitled "Rental Obligation and Mode of 
                     Payment", so that payment of monthly rent be effective March 1, 
                     2000 instead of December 1, 1999.  All other terms and conditions
                     remain unchanged and in effect.  (City Council)  

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-095.

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
     Second:  Cm.  Agredano
     For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

         2000-O-096  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Scheduled Airline 
                     Operating Agreement and Terminal Building Lease with Compass 
                     AirWays, Inc., for exclusive joint use space located at the 
                     Laredo International Airport passenger terminal for the purpose 
                     of conducting commercial air transportation services.  The term 
                     of the agreement is for fifteen (15) months effective April 1, 
                     2000 and ending June 30, 2001.  The monthly rent including 
                     landing fees is capped at $1.50 per enplaned revenue passenger. 
                     (As amended)  (City Council) 

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-096.

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
     Second:  Cm.  Agredano
     For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

         2000-O-097  Establishing a 15% penalty on the 1999 delinquent tax accounts 
                     as of July 1, 2000, to defray costs of collection, pursuant to 
                     section 33.07 (a) of the Texas State Property Tax Code; providing
                     for notification and effective date.  (As amended) (City Council) 

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-097.

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
     Second:  Cm.  Agredano
     For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

         2000-O-098  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Border City 
                     Rods, a non profit organization, for the El Metro Park & Ride 
                     Lot, located at 4600  Daugherty for the purpose of holding an 
                     auto show.  The lease term is for two days, beginning 8:00 a.m. 
                     on September 2, 2000 and ending at 3:00 p.m. on September 3, 2000.  
                     Rental fee shall be $1.00.   (City Council)

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-098.

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
     Second:  Cm.  Agredano
     For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

         2000-O-099  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a two-year (2) lease with
                     the Laredo Amateur Boxing Club, Inc. for the use of City property
                     at 1610 Guadalupe, property known as the Orlando and Gaby 
                     Canizalez Boxing Gym. (City Council) 

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-099.

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
     Second:  Cm.  Agredano
     For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

         2000-O-100  Granting a consent easement to P.G. & E. Gas Transmission, Texas 
                     Corporation, P.G. & E. Gas Transmission Teco, Inc., and P.G. & 
                     E. Energy Trading - Gas Corporation, their wholly owned 
                     subsidiary corporations and wholly owned subsidiary general and 
                     limited partnerships, and their successors, lessees or assigns, 
                     to maintain, use and operate certain natural gas and/or natural 
                     gas liquids transmission pipelines along, across, and under 
                     certain designated public property and rights of way in the City 
                     of Laredo, Texas, for a term of 25 years.  (City Council)

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-100.

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
     Second:  Cm.  Agredano
     For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

         2000-O-101	  Designating as a one-way westbound that section of Moctezuma, 
                      Block Number 800, between Santa Ursula Avenue on the east and 
                      San Bernardo Avenue on the west, providing for the installation 
                      of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the west 
                      direction and providing for publication and effective date.  
                      (Mayor Pro Tempore Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo)

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-101.

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
     Second:  Cm.  Agredano
     For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

   XI.  RESOLUTIONS 

        7.  2000-R-053  A resolution whereby the City Manager is designated as an 
                        authorized representative of the City of Laredo with signature 
                        authority for all necessary applications and documents for 
                        the transfer of water rights on the books of the Texas Natural
                        Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC).

     Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-053.

     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni 
     Second:  Cm.  Agredano 
     For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

        8.  2000-R-054  A resolution authorizing the City of Laredo to intervene in 
                        Central Power and Light Company's transmission and 
                        distribution rate case at the Public Utility Commission of 
                        Texas; authorizing the joining with other intervening cities 
                        to protect municipal and ratepayer interests; authorizing the 
                        hiring of attorneys and consultants requiring reimbursement 
                        of rate case expenses incurred by the City; and requiring 
                        delivery of this resolution to a representative of Central 
                        Power and Light Company.

     Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-054.

     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni 
     Second:  Cm.  Agredano
     For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

        9.  2000-R-056  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into a 
                        Pipeline Crossing Agreement with Union Pacific Railroad 
                        Company, whereby said company grants the City of Laredo the 
                        right to construct, maintain and operate a 17-foot, 4-inch 
                        potable water pipeline crossing in the Milo Interchange area, 
                        at a License Fee cost of $1,500.00, to be paid by the City of 
                        Laredo to Union Pacific Railroad Company.  Said 17-foot, 
                        4-inch pipeline being delineated in Engineer's Sketch.	
	
     Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-056.
 
     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni 
     Second:  Cm.  Agredano
     For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

       10.  2000-R-059  A resolution to authorizing the use of $80,000.00 budgeted 
                        from the City of Laredo - Public Property Finance Contractual
                        Obligations (PPFCO), Series 2000, for the purchase of one 15' 
                        tractor mower, to purchase three, full size trucks and one 
                        kid builder play structure for the Parks and Recreation 
                        Department.

     Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-059.

     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni 
     Second:  Cm.  Agredano
     For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

       11.  2000-R-060  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant 
                        from the Texas Department of Health in the amount of $2,497.00
                        for the "Community-based Tobacco Prevention Project" of the 
                        City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning May
                        1, 2000, through June 5, 2000.

     Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-060.

     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni 
     Second:  Cm.  Agredano
     For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

  XII.  MOTIONS

        12.  Consideration to refund property tax to the following taxpayers and 
             companies:
1.  J.C. Penney #658-5 in the amount of $5,037.74 due to a Court Order.
2.  Sears Roebuck & Co. in the amount of $3,656.33 due to a Court Order.
3.  The Pep Boys-Manny, Moe and Jack in the amount of $1,181.47 due to a Court 
    Order.
4.  W. E. Haynes c/o Templo Jesus es Señor, Inc. in amount of $502.17 due to the 
    property being exempt.
5.  Auto Lineas America in the amount of $2,463.02 due to that it did not exist on 
    the 1st of the year 1999.
6.  K-mart Corp. in the amount of $4,051.95 due to a Court Order.

     Motion to approve.

     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
     Second:  Cm.  Moreno
     For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
     Cm.  Alvarado was not present.

       13.  Consideration to approve monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount 
            to be adjusted for the month of March 2000, which represents an increase 
            in levy, is $1,567.47.  These adjustments are determined by the County 
            Appraisal District and by Court Orders.

     Motion to approve.

     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
     Second:  Cm.  Moreno
     For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
     Cm.  Alvarado was not present.

       14.  Consideration to award an annual maintenance contract for library 
            automation, network services, software, Vmark licenses and equipment for 
            the libraries' Dynix Network to epixtech co., formerly Ameritech Library 
            Services, in the amount of $54,226.76.  Funding is available in the 
            Library General Fund.

     Motion to approve.

     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
     Second:  Cm.  Moreno
     For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
     Cm.  Alvarado was not present.
		
       15.  Consideration to authorize the payment of retainage $15,000.00 to Brown & 
            Root for the Chacon Creek Flood Protection Plan.  This project is being 
            made possible through a grant from the Texas Water Development Board.  
            The study includes hydrological and hydraulic data for the submittal of a 
            letter of Map Revision (LOMR) to the Federal Emergency Management Agency 
            which will establish a storm water information database identifying 
            hydraulic structures in the floodplain, develop a Flood Protection Plan 
            including proposed regulations for structural improvements.  Funding is 
            available in the Chacon Creek Flood Protection Plan.

     Motion to approve.

     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
     Second:  Cm.  Moreno
     For:  7				Against:  0				Abstain:  0
     Cm.  Alvarado was not present.

       16.  Consideration to authorize amendment no. 2 to extend the contract with 
            Brown & Root until July 7, 2000, to complete the Storm Water Management 
            Master Plan for the Zacate Creek Watershed.  The original contract date 
            was until November 25, 1999.  On February 7, 2000, Council authorized 
            amendment no. 1 to extend the contract from November 25, 1999 to April, 
            2000.   Due to delay in collection of data processing of the Digital 
            Terrain Model and completion of the survey, the consultant requested the 
            additional time.

            Alan Townsend, from Brown & Root, gave a brief update on the project.

     Motion to approve.

     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
     Second:  Cm.  Moreno
     For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
     Cm.  Alvarado was not present.

       17.  Consideration to accept the Stormwater Management and Ecology 
            Demonstration Park at Laredo Community College and authorizing the final 
            payment in the amount of $10,000.00 to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., for 
            the construction.  Funding is available in the NPDES Fund - Ecology Grant 
            Project.

     Motion to approve.

     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
     Second:  Cm.  Moreno
     For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
     Cm.  Alvarado was not present.

       18.  Consideration to award a professional engineering contract to Secor 
            International Inc., Houston, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $54,990.00
            for the engineering and construction quality assurance services for Type 
            IV Cell for the City of Laredo Landfill as per requirements of the Texas 
            Natural Resources Conservation Commission.  Funding is available in the 
            Solid Waste Fund.

     Motion to approve.

     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
     Second:  Cm.  Moreno
     For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
     Cm.  Alvarado was not present.

       19.  Consideration to award contract number 00-080, to the LOW BIDDER, Nueces 
            Power Equipment, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $148,244.55, for the 
            purchase of two backhoes for the Public Works Department and one for the 
            Solid Waste Fund - landfill operations.  The bid includes a five year 
            extended warranty.  Delivery is expected  within 30 days.  Funding for 
            the purchase of these backhoes is available from Public Property Finance 
            Contractual Obligations (PPFCO) proceeds and Solid Waste Fund Capital 
            Outlay.

     Motion to approve.

     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
     Second:  Cm.  Moreno
     For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
     Cm.  Alvarado was not present.

       20.  Consideration of an award of contract number FY99-147, to the SOLE BIDDER,
            H.D. Industries, Jacksonville, Texas, in the amount of $87,970.00, for 
            the purchase of one pot patcher truck, for the Public Works Department.  
            This truck will be assigned to the Street Maintenance Division.  Delivery 
            of this truck is expected within ninety days.  Funding is available from 
            Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation (PPFCO) proceeds.

     Motion to approve.

     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
     Second:  Cm.  Moreno
     For:	7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
     Cm.  Alvarado was not present.

       21.  Consideration to donate to the City of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, the 
            obsolete Pressure Filter Tanks located at the old Del Mar Water Treatment 
            Plant.  The Utilities Department wishes to demolish the old Del Mar Water 
            Treatment Plant to sell the land.  The removal of the filters is part of 
            the demolition process.  The removal and disposal of the filters, net of 
            its salvage value, would cost the City $6,200.00.  The City of Matamoros 
            will remove the equipment at their expense; therefore lowering the City's 
            ultimate demolition cost by that amount.

     Motion to approve with the deletion of "to sell the land" from the motion.

     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
     Second:  Cm.  Agredano
     For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
     Cm.  Galo was not present.

       22.  Consideration to award a contract number 99-081 to the LOW BIDDER meeting   
            specifications, Al and Rob Sales, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount 
            of $57,700.35, for the purchase of uniforms and Skaggs, San Antonio, 
            Texas, in the amount of $9,553.53, for the purchase of windbreakers for 
            the Bridge Department personnel.  Full service contracts, which include 
            alteration services, will be awarded to the low bidder.  The City did 
            receive lower bids from other vendors, however, the uniforms proposed by 
            these vendors did not meet specification.  Funding is available in the 
            Bridge System Fund.

     Motion to approve.

     Moved:  Cm.  Guerra
     Second:  Cm.  Moreno
     For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
     Cm.  Galo was not present.

       23.  Consideration to award a contract to the SOLE BIDDER, Bruce Zimmerman & 
            Associates in the amount of $249,430.00 to provide consultant services 
            for the complete marketing plan of the up coming Automated Vehicle 
            Identification and Weigh in Motion System.  This is to include the 
            development of a logo and the name of our transponders.  Funding is 
            available in the Toll Equipment Fund.

     Motion to table for one week.

     Moved:  Cm.  Moreno
     Second:  Cm.  Agredano
     For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

       24.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-087, to the LOW BIDDER, Cantu 
            Electrical, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $47,560.00, for the 
            installation of a Little League lighting system for the Cruz Baseball 
            Field located at 200 West Travis.  The contractor will be responsible for 
            the removal of the existing lighting system and the installation of 
            galvanized pole lighting system.  Funding is available from 25th Action 
            Year Community Development Budget.

     Motion to approve.

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
     Second:  Cm.  Bruni
     For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

       25.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of three, full size, four door 
            trucks, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) 
            - Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $67,024.78, for 
            the Parks and Recreation Department.  These are replacement trucks and 
            will be assigned to the Parks crews.  Funding is available from Public 
            Property Finance Contractual Obligations (PPFCO) proceeds.

     Motion to approve.

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
     Second:  Cm.  Bruni
     For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

       26.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit a grant application 
            in the amount of $125,730.00 to the Texas Department of Health for 
            continuation of the "Childhood Immunization Action Plan Program" of the 
            City of Laredo Health Department; $46,113.00 in state-paid staff, and 
            approximately $1,485,745.00 in vaccines for the period beginning September
            1, 2000, through August 31, 2001.

     Motion to approve.

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
     Second:  Cm.  Bruni
     For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

       27.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit a grant application 
            in the amount of $4,999.00 to the Texas Department of Health for the 
            "Youth Tobacco Prevention Campaign" of the City of Laredo Health 
            Department for the period beginning July 1, 2000, through August 19, 2000.

     Motion to approve.

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
     Second:  Cm.  Bruni
     For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0


       28.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit a grant application 
            in the amount of $150,000.00 to the Texas Department of Health for an 
            innovation grant "Laredo Food Handler's Online" Project of the City of 
            Laredo Health Department for the period beginning July 1, 2000, through 
            August 31, 2001.

     Motion to approve.

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
     Second:  Cm.  Bruni
     For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

       29.  Consideration for acceptance of the Telecommunications Offices and Public 
            Access Facility Project located at 1101 Garden Street and approval of 
            final payment in the amount of $23,187.78 to Faulkner Construction, Inc., 
            Austin, Texas.  Final contract amount is $972,511.00.  Funding is 
            available in the  Public Access Channel - PAC- Building & Improvements.

     Motion to approve.

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
     Second:  Cm.  Bruni
     For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

       30.  Consideration for approval of final change order no. 3, an increase of 
            $1,959.30 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, 
            acceptance of the Zacate Creek Beautification Project Phase I and 
            approval of final payment in the amount of $39,346.87 to Dominguez 
            Development and Construction, Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract 
            amount is $303,566.80.  Funding is available in the 23rd Action Year 
            Community Development Budget.

     Motion to approve.

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
     Second:  Cm.  Bruni
     For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

       31.  Consideration to award an engineering contract to G.G. Salinas Engineering
            Company, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $27,541.80 for 
            surveys, design, and preparation of plans and specifications for the City 
            Wide - Sidewalks Project No. 12 (33 Blocks) and Project No. 17 (4 Blocks) 
            for a total of 37 Blocks.  Funding is available in the 20th Action Year 
            Community Development Budget.

     Motion to approve.

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
     Second:  Cm.  Bruni
     For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

       32.  Consideration for approval of final change order no. 1, a decrease of  
            $59,167.50 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, 
            and to add an additional 38 working days to the construction contract 
            time due to utility conflicts, acceptance of the Street Paving 
            Improvements Project 61-A (10 Blocks) and approval of final payment in 
            the amount of $72,890.33 to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  
            Final construction contract amount is $245,594.25.  Funding is available 
            in the 25th Action Year Community Development Budget.

     Motion to approve.

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
     Second:  Cm.  Bruni
     For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

       33.  Consideration for approval of construction plans and authorization to 
            advertise for bids for three Police Substations to be located at Sierra 
            Vista Blvd. at Cenizo Loop, Springfield Ave. at Ryan Street and Santa 
            Maria Ave. at Ortiz St.  This item is being presented to the City Council 
            Engineering Contract Review Committee for their review and recommendation.  
            Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund / Community 
            Development District I, District V, Farias Police Substation.

            Al Groves of Groves & Associates from San Antonio gave a presentation. 

     Motion to approve.

     Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
     Second:  Cm.  Alvarado
     For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

     Cm.  Galo was not present.

       34.  Consideration to designate Cable Television Channel 55 to Laredo Community
            College to be used as an educational channel, effective May 1, 2000.  This
            channel will increase the educational cable programming with such programs
            as adult literacy, vocational skills and college careers.

            Blas Castaneda from Laredo Community College gave the presentation before 
            the Council.

     Motion to approve.

     Moved:  Cm.  Guerra
     Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalva
     For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

     Cm.  Galo was not present.

 XIII.  STAFF REPORT

        35.  Quarterly report on the Down Payment Assistance Program under the HOME 
             Investment Partnership Program.

             A report was received from Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development 
             Director, relating to the Down Payment Assistance Program.  He was 
             pleased to report that the program has assisted many Laredoans in 
             acquiring a home.  His projections for the next fiscal year indicate a 
             rising trend servicing more families in the future. 

        36.  Staff report on Mines Road Task Force activities and/or recommendations 
             for traffic control on FM1472, with possible action.

             The item was combined with a discussion on re-routing commercial traffic 
             and regular vehicular traffic through the Mines Road area, D (1).

        37.  A report by the Laredo Police Department concerning the future sited of 
             the COP'S workstation to be located on Mines Rd.

             Agustin Dovalina, Chief of Police, reported that he has been looking for 
             a temporary workstation site on Mines Road.  He stated that the Fire 
             Chief has agreed to allow officers to occupy space in the Mines Road 
             Substation.  However, the space is limited.  He added that the department 
             is also inquiring in obtaining an RV to provide more visibility and 
             provide a movable work station.  

        38.  Informing Council that the funding for the Neural Tube Defects Project 
             of the City of Laredo Health Department will end on August 31, 2000.  
             The Texas Birth Registry Program will continue to monitor the NTD-
             affected births in Laredo and Webb County, and the Health Department will
             continue the intervention project, which is the distribution of the 
             vitamins containing folic acid to women of childbearing age attending 
             our clinic, particularly the WIC Program and the Maternity Program.

             Roger Garcia, Health Department Acting Director, stated that his 
             department has received information that the funding will end.  The Texas
             NATD Projects, which have been in operation for the past seven years, 
             were initially funded through a Center for Disease Control five-year 
             cooperative agreement with the Texas Department of Health. There was a 
             one-year extension of the funding by CDC, and the current year has been 
             funded by the Texas Department of Health.  However, the City of Laredo 
             Health Neural Tube Defects Project will end on August 31, 2000.  There 
             are three components to the project; surveillance, case control and 
             (folic acid) intervention.  The Texas Birth Registry Program will 
             continue to monitor the NTD-affected birth in Laredo and Webb County, 
             and our plans are to continue the intervention project, which is the 
             distribution of the vitamins containing folic acid to women of 
             childbearing age attending our clinic, particularly the WIC Program and 
             the Maternity Program.

  XIV.	EXECUTIVE SESSION

        39.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 (1)(A) Texas 
             Government Code to consult with the City Attorney regarding contemplated 
             litigation to (a) identify and obtain certain currently unrendered 
             taxable real and personal property for the City's Tax Roll, and (b) 
             collect all taxes potentially owed to the City for the applicable 
             statutory roll-back period; and return to open session for possible 
             action. 

     Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 (1) (A) Texas 
     Government Cod to consult with the City Attorney regarding contemplated 
     litigation to (a) identify and obtain certain currently unrendered taxable real 
     and personal property for the City's Tax Roll, and (b) collect all taxes 
     potentially owned to the City for the applicable statutory roll-back period; and 
     return to open session for possible action.

     After executive session the mayor announced that no formal action was taken.  

     Motion made to authorize the City Manager and the City Attorney:  (1) to proceed 
     with the preparation and filing of a Challenge Petition with the Webb County 
     Appraisal Review Board regarding exclusion of property from the appraisal records
     and the level of appraisals in certain categories and to seek back-assessment for
     such property pursuant to Texas Tax Code Section 41.03, and (2) to proceed with 
     retaining legal council to assist the City of Laredo in pursuing all legal 
     remedies in this matter. 

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
     Second:  Cm. Bruni
     For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

   XV.  ADJOURNMENT

        Motion to adjourn.

        Moved:  Cm.  Galo
        Second:  Cm.  Bruni
        For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0


I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 21 are true, 
complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council Meeting held on the 17th day of 
April.


                                                          __________________________			   					                 
                                                          Gustavo Guevara, Jr.
                                                          City Secretary